Lack of space at Christmas

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Almost 20 per cent of people in Hampshire ate Christmas dinner off their laps last year as families in the area battled with a lack of space to entertain guests.

Research from five-star housebuilder David Wilson Homes also revealed that 15 per cent of families had to spread guests across two rooms to eat their festive meal while overnight guests didn’t fare much better.

About 10 per cent of guests slept on the floor with 23 per cent of hosts giving up their own beds for visitors and a chilly two per cent of guests spent the night in a tent.

The survey also revealed that 93 per cent of people in Hampshire entertain up to 10 people with six per cent catering for up to 15 guests – putting pressure on space for eating and sleeping.

The survey for the housebuilder quizzed people in the region about their Christmas Day entertaining and who they would most like to sit next to for the festive feast.

Apart from a small minority (four per cent) who voted for Ant and Dec as their favourite celebrity dinner guests, it seems the majority of those questioned want to sit next to their partner and their mum for Christmas dinner (59 per cent), leaving dad, grandparents, siblings, friends and other relatives to fight it out for the remaining seats.

The seasonal statistics were identified in a new study by One Poll conducted by five-star house builder David Wilson Homes which is currently building a range of new homes throughout Hampshire including developments at Petersfield, Clanfield and Southampton.

Commenting on the findings, David Wilson Homes sales director, Michelle Storer – pictured – said: ‘The survey suggests some pretty full houses in the south on Christmas Day and some of the results really support our efforts to place space at the heart of our new homes.’

She said demand for bigger recreational spaces downstairs was increasing to meet the changing dynamic of family life – with Christmas a reminder of the importance of flexible living space.

‘More of our customers need big, open-plan kitchens and dining space to accommodate larger family gatherings, not just at Christmas, but all year round,’ she said.